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organization • founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar • not-for-profit, educational, and humanitarian NGO engaged in stress-management and service initiatives • operates globally in 151 countries • provides humanitarian projects for the society, and courses for the individual • a multi-faceted organization with one of the largest volunteer base in the world Memberships • CONGO (Conference of NGOs in Consultative Status with ECOSOC of the United Nations), Geneva and New York
founder • Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a man who inspires thousands of people across the world. • He has traveled the world, teaching people the Art of Living. He has designed special courses that teach the Sudarshan Kriya, a stress-elimination breathing technique. • Sri Sri is fostering human values and building communal unity through his philosophy and the ideal of a one world family.
mission • “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace” • offers stress-elimination programs which include breathing techniques, meditation and yoga. • the Art of Living has spread peace across communities through diverse humanitarian projects, including: • conflict resolution • disaster relief • sustainable rural development • empowerment of women • prisoner rehabilitation • education for all • and environmental sustainability
why breath is so important • breathing is normally an unconscious process • breath is the link between the body, mind and spirit • when the mind is free of fear, guilt and anger, and is more centered, then it can heal the system of any ailment. • through the practice of our breathing techniques, you will learn to consciously govern the breath so that it brings harmony into your body, mind and spirit
Sudarshan Kriya – Experience the Power of Rhythmic Breathing • Once we understand the connect between breath, body and mind, we can bring about changes in our mental and behavioral patterns by consciously altering the rhythms of our breath. • You can use the breath as an effective and quick stress relief technique to flush out stress, anger, anxiety, depression, and worry; leaving the mind completely relaxed and energized. • With Sudarshan Kriya, you can experience the power of breath and understand the link between the body and the mind.
Environmental Care and Awareness Programs • our volunteers from around the world have initiated several projects keeping the preservation of nature in mind • large scale tree plantations through Mission Green Earth, water conservation and protection including cleaning up of rivers, zero-budget chemical-free farming that does not exploit the land and also benefits the farmer are a few such initiatives • it is necessary that these values are inculcated in young minds at home and at school. Awareness programs for youth and children (Deepening Roots, Broadening Vision) also form an important and integral part of this long-term vision.
Disaster Relief • with its worldwide network of volunteers, the Art of Living has been able to immediately reach the calamity-struck place anywhere in the world, providing physical and mental solace and material relief. • from extensive relief and rehabilitation work in Kyrgyzstan , volunteers of the Art of Living have gone beyond the concern of their own safety to tend to the mental, emotional and material needs of natural or manmade disaster victims. 456 people participate in AOL rehabilitation programs during June-August 2010 in Kyrgyzstan.
Transforming Society • service - an expression of inner joy • empowering individuals & communities • creating a progressive, spiritual & humane world
Sudarshan Kriya – Benefits (1) Physical health benefits • Reduces stress • Improves health and well-being • More energy • Strengthens immune system • Reduces cholesterol levels Mental health benefits • Greater creativity • Greater clarity of mind • Improves sleep • Enhances brain function • Improves ability to manage challenging situations
Sudarshan Kriya – Benefits (2) Improved interpersonal relations • More ease, joy and harmony in personal and work relationships • A deeper sense of community • Increases awareness both of self and surroundings • Improves patience • Increases confidence and self-esteem Psychological benefits • Relieves depression and anxiety • Relief from anxiety and depression (mild, moderate, and severe)
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Art of Living in Kazakhstan Contacts: office 85, house 225 Khussainova St., Almaty +7(727) 227 64 82 +7 701 725 37 80, +7 702 507 35 54 www.artofliving.org